Closures and Online School

What to Expect if Winter Weather Prompts School Closings
Canceling school is often a difficult and complicated decision for any school to make, and it’s a decision that impacts families in very different ways. Be assured that these decisions are always made with the safety of students in mind. We rely heavily on forecasts provided by the National Weather Service, Twin Cities, which is the official government authority on weather forecasting and weather warnings in Minnesota.

If parents or guardians feel the weather or road conditions are too dangerous to send students to school, they have the right to keep them home.

Guidelines for Weather and Emergency Late Starts, Cancelations or Early Dismissals
The safety of our faculty, staff and students is the primary factor when making decisions about delaying or canceling school due to weather-related or emergency conditions. While this decision is not always easy, we take into account that our students are new, inexperienced drivers and coming from multiple areas around the Twin Cities. Another factor that contributes to our decision of whether or not we should cancel school is the fact that our students have laptops and can access assignments and connect with their teachers from home. When a school day is canceled, we will hold online school in order to protect the integrity of our academic goals.

Totino-Grace High School will follow the following procedures in in communicating school day late starts, cancelations and early dismissals.

Administrators will monitor weather and road conditions and make the decision to delay or close school with the safety of students and staff in mind. We try to make and communicate the decision by 6:00 a.m. and will post details on our website, social media, and local news stations (KARE, WCCO, KSTP, KMSP). In addition, an automated email and phone call will be sent to students, parents and guardians in our database.

A parents/guardian always has the right to keep their student home if they feel the weather or road conditions are too dangerous to send their child to school,

Threshold for closings
School could be cancelled if:

  • Our communities and neighborhoods experience sustained wind chills of 35 degrees below zero during the hours between morning and afternoon commutes.  
  • Buses and cars won’t start or run dependably.
  • Road conditions are dangerous or impassable. Because metro areas (even neighboring cities) can experience differing weather and road conditions, do not be surprised if there is inconsistency among schools and school district closures throughout the metro area.

Two-hour Late Starts:
Although two-hour late starts aren’t convenient for families, this option could be used under certain circumstances. If the school calls a two-hour late start, here’s how it will work:

  • School will start two hours later than the typical schedule.
  • Class periods will be shortened throughout the day.
  • School will dismiss at the regular dismissal time.

Online School Day Requirements for Students
On days when school is canceled due to bad weather, difficult travel conditions, or other unforeseen reasons, students will be required to complete work for their classes online. Teachers will use their OnCampus pages to post content and homework for the classes that meet on the day that is canceled. Teachers will also communicate how students can contact them during the day if they need assistance. This may be through email, a google doc, etc. Students will be responsible for the day's class content and any work that is due. Exceptions may be made for students who do not have access to the internet from home.

Families should always assume schools are open and in session, unless they hear or see differently. Websites will only indicate when school is closed or has a late start, not when school will remain open.